5. TYLER CAME UP WITH THE IDEA TO HAVE MEDEA MEET SOPHIA
In a funny promo for those who can’t find OWN, the two iconic fictional characters are spoofed.
OPRAH: “That was Tyler’s idea, too! Tyler called me one morning. He has a plethora of ideas. He called me one morning and said “Hey I got this idea – when Madea meets Sophia. Some people say where is it, where is it they can’t find OWN. So Tyler said I have this idea to help people find own. Madea’s going down the road and she meets Sophia. And I told him the other day there should be more Madea meets Sophia moments. Get to work, Tyler.” (For Direct TV viewers, OWN is on channel 279.)
6. TYLER IS A SPIKE LEE FAN
Director Spike Lee has been vocal in his criticism of Tyler Perry’s work and Tyler has responded accordingly. But Tyler says, regardless that he appreciates Spike’s work.
TYLER: “I’m a fan of Spike’s, I really am. But then I have to tell him to “Go to hell.”
OPRAH: “I just did an interview with Tyler and he was very complimentary of Spike. There are different stories and depending on what your background is, you tell the story from your point of view. When I did “The Color Purple” we were picketed for “The Color Purple.” Black people were standing out there picketing. And now, it’s really a classic.”
7. TYLER’S NOT BIG ON TWITTER
OPRAH: “I love a Tweetfest.” @ Oprah
TYLER: “She’s going to make me tweet tonight.” @TylerPerry (Despite over 2 million followers, he’s only sent 500 tweets)
OPRAH: “I told Tyler we get to tweet every week and he was like ‘I don’t know about all that.’”
TYLER: “It just don’t sound right. A 6’5 black man tweeting. Something’s wrong with that. But it’s all good.”